Deceiver: Foreigner #11
C. J. Cherryh
Daw, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
is the eleventh (following
) in C. J. Cherryh's outstanding
series, which only improves with time. The story centers on
stranger in a strange land
Bren Cameron, and his
ren's people live on the island of Mospheira on the atevi world, which is ruled by Tabini. A brilliant linguist and diplomat, Bren is the liaison between humans and atevi, responsibile for the gradual transfer of human technology (arranged by treaty) to the aliens. Through the series, atevi and Mospheirans have had to deal with many new contacts.
irst the starship Phoenix (which originally dropped human colonists on the planet) reappeared. Then a human/atevi space expedition (including Bren) made contact with other aliens, the
. On its return, Tabini took back control of his Western Association, which had been overthrown. In
, Tabini's young heir Cajeiri got himself - and Bren Cameron - into all kinds of trouble.
opens, Bren, Tabini's acerbic grandmother Ilsidi, and their staff are picking up the pieces after uncovering treachery on Lord Geigi's estate (ruled in his absence on the space station by his weak nephew Baiji, who is now in Bren's custody). Ilsidi (with help from Cajeiri) made a treaty with the Edi (the aboriginal people uprooted from Mospheira island for the human settlement there) - will Tabini approve?
dding to Bren's worries is the presence at his Najida estate of his brother Toby and Toby's lady Barb (who had a previous - and complex - relationship with Bren). As Bren and Ilsidi work their way through the maze of local politics, and infighting amongst the rebels, Cajeiri must work out how to deal with the new, arrogant security team his father has assigned to him - Lucasi and Veijico are not taking his direction.
hen Lord Geigi arrives to sort out his estate, Bren is delighted to see his old friend again but worries (quite rightly) about his safety. There are further attacks and a kidnapping (precipitated by a lesson Cajeiri tries to teach his new bodyguards), culminating in a very bold move by Bren, who arranges a perilous meeting with the chief rebel, Machigi of Taisigi clan.
series is a consistently engaging one and - as always - I can't wait for what comes next for Bren Cameron and his associates on - and off - the atevi world.
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